Galveston travel guide

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You're Going to Love Galveston

With a population of 47.743, Galveston is a must-see destination in Texas, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Galveston deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Galveston

If you’re looking for affordable options, Porch Cafe (1625 East Beach Drive) and Gaido's Seafood Restaurant (3828 Seawall Blvd.) are great picks.

When to visit Galveston

Galveston in February
Estimated hotel price
$210
1 night at 3-star hotel
Galveston in February
Estimated hotel price
$210
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Galveston in July, when the average temperature is 29 °C, and the highest can go up to 32 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 9 °C, with an average temperature of 13 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 152 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Galveston, with an average rainfall of 66 mm.

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How to Get to Galveston

Plane

Although Galveston doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), which is located 60 km from Galveston.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Galveston. The train journey from Galveston to San Antonio takes 4h 45m and costs around $65 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from New Orleans, expect to pay about $101 for a 9h 18m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Galveston is to pick up a car hire from Houston, which is about 75 km from Galveston. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Houston.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Galveston, including RedCoach, Tornado Bus and FlixBus. From Austin, the bus ride to Galveston takes 274 km and will cost you around $41. From San Antonio, the ticket costs about $82 for a journey of 290 km. Galveston’s bus station is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Galveston doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), which is located 60 km from Galveston.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Galveston. The train journey from Galveston to San Antonio takes 4h 45m and costs around $65 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from New Orleans, expect to pay about $101 for a 9h 18m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Galveston is to pick up a car hire from Houston, which is about 75 km from Galveston. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Houston.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Galveston, including RedCoach, Tornado Bus and FlixBus. From Austin, the bus ride to Galveston takes 274 km and will cost you around $41. From San Antonio, the ticket costs about $82 for a journey of 290 km. Galveston’s bus station is located 0.6 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Galveston

Lufthansa
Good (4,690 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,674 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,235 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,987 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (841 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,805 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
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Where to stay in Galveston

Average rates range from around $361 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $455 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Galveston West Seawall and Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston.

Where to stay in popular areas of Galveston

Most booked hotels in Galveston

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$584+
Moody Gardens Hotel Spa and Convention Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$299+
Grand Galvez Resort, Autograph Collection
4 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$335+
Galveston Inn & Suites Hotel
2 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
$485+
Beachfront Palms Hotel Galveston
3 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
$185+

Hiring a car in Galveston

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Galveston (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Galveston is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size car hire (Chevrolet Malibu or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Galveston (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Galveston is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size car hire (Chevrolet Malibu or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.